As the country is aggressively promoting domestic tourism to stimulate economic recovery post-Covid-19, AirAsia has launched two brand new routes within Thailand, connecting the beach resort city of Hua Hin with Chiang Mai in the north and Udon Thani in the northeast.
This marks a significant milestone for AirAsia in Thailand as not only the two flights took off amidst the uncertainties brought about by the global pandemic but it was also the first time it was connecting the beach resort of Hua Hin to other cities in the country. The biweekly flights will depart every Friday and Sunday. These new flights are making the total of 30 domestic routes that AirAsia has reinstated in Thailand since it resumed domestic services on 1 May 2020.
AirAsia Thailand chief executive officer Santisuk Klongchaiya said: “We will now be able to play an active part in reviving domestic tourism and travel industry in the country. Chiang Mai-Hua Hin and Udon Thani-Hua Hin are the first new routes introduced by AirAsia Thailand since the airline resumed domestic services following the Covid-19 outbreak. This is the very first time the carrier is flying to Hua Hin and we are pleased with the early demand for these new services with both routes registering a staggering 85% load factor.”
To mark the special occasion, guests on the inaugural Chiang Mai-Hua Hin flight were invited to get dressed for the beach and participate in a special in-flight activity, and stand a chance to win special prizes from AirAsia and Hua Hin tourism businesses.